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Welcome to the blog for Insight Kansas, the central link repository for statewide syndicated columns on Kansas politics by political scientists in Kansas.  Insight Kansas’ columns are published weekly.

Our writers:

Bob and ShatnerDr. Bob Beatty is a professor of political science at Washburn University and political analyst for KSNT-TV in Topeka. Bob writes and conducts research on various aspects of American and Kansas politics and is the writer and producer of the 2005 documentary “The Kansas Governor”  and editor of the special series on Kansas Governors that has appeared in “Kansas History Journal.” He is currently working on a book on the last fifty years of Kansas Governors. Dr. Beatty lectures extensively on American politics and in the last few years has been a Visiting Lecturer for the U.S. State Department on lecture tours of Russia, Mongolia, and China.

Peterson and ShatnerProfessor Mark Peterson is on the faculty of Washburn University where he teaches political science and public administration and serves as the chairperson of that department.  Professor Peterson is in his 17th year at Washburn.  He came to Washburn after earning his Ph.D. and Masters of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico during the 1990s.  He has published work on several Kansas governors, the former mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, David Rusk, and Arthur Fletcher, former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in the George H.W. Bush Administration, and Assistant Secretary of Labor in the first Nixon Administration.  In addition he has written several papers on economic development, U.S. and Kansas electoral politics, and public policy.  He admires William Shatner for his work on Boston Legal as the lawyer Denny Crane.

Dr. Ed Flentje Ed Flentje serves as professor of public administration in the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University.  Flentje formerly served as secretary of administration in Governor Mike Hayden’s cabinet, director of the division of state planning and research in the administration of Governor Robert F. Bennett, legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator James B. Pearson of Kansas, and interim city manager for the City of Wichita in 2008.

Dr. Burdett Loomis is a professor of political science at the University of Kansas.  He has written extensively on legislatures, interest groups, and political institutions, and is working on a book, Kansas Pastoral, which addresses political change in the 1960-1975 period.

Dr. Chapman Rackaway is Professor of Political Science at Fort Hays State University, specializing in the campaign process and political communication.  Rackaway is co-author of American Government: Political Culture in an Online World through Kendall-Hunt Publishers and has been published in the Journal of Politics, Social Science Computer Review, and Journal of Political Science Education.

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